Spark change in your world

The University of Calgary is embarking on something special – our first-ever Giving Day. From April 27 to 29, we’ll be working to create 50 new scholarships in 50 hours, in celebration of our 50th anniversary.

Aviv's Story

Sidewalk Citizen Bakery

Situated in the heart of the revitalized East Village lies a small bakery that is contributing to the vibrancy of Calgary’s entrepreneurship scene — Sidewalk Citizen Bakery by Aviv Fried.

Coming to the University of Calgary as an international student from Israel, Aviv immediately immersed himself into student life. Living in residence and finding a part-time job on campus, becoming part of the university community was easy for him because he found his experiences, both in and out of the classroom, very engaging.

Scholarships give you a sense that you’re going in the right direction and other people appreciate what you’re doing.

Aviv Fried, owner, Sidewalk Citizen Bakery

In pursuit of the best bread

So how does someone with an educational background in math and science transition to opening one of the most successful bakeries in Calgary?

According to Aviv, his passion for baking started as a quest and interest in making good bread. After travelling the world to fine-tune his skills, he returned to Calgary to put it all into practice and eventually opened Sidewalk Citizen Bakery.

He admits that his science background, and time at UCalgary, served as a good foundation for how to face the world.

During Aviv’s time on at UCalgary, he worked hard by taking five classes each semester and working on campus to make ends meet. It made a big difference, financially, to be able to pay off some of his tuition with the scholarship he received.

Even more, the support made him feel appreciated, and reassured him that the effort he was putting in was paying off.

“It’s not easy to be a student and support yourself. Scholarships give you a sense that you’re going in the right direction and that people appreciate what you’re doing,” says Aviv.

Speaking to the importance of philanthropy and lending a helping hand to those in need, whether it’s a student, a small business owner or another deserving cause, he adds, “we’re not all of the same resources. You never know what’s going to happen when you give to someone … but the return will be big.”

When you give to student scholarships, you’re helping the future changemakers in our community, people who strive to make our community, and the world, a better place — like Aviv.

Give to student scholarships on Giving Day and spark change in your world.

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